Pros: Perfect for big hands
Customization thumb rest for right handed gamers.
Full color control in three zones if that is important to you
CUE allows the res switch button to be tamed.
Cons: Software quality is questionable, a blaring fault that generates an "update error" is left unattended, even after a number of posts on the topic on the corsair forum. Makes me think what bigger problems lurk...
It's big, maybe too big for folks with smallish hands
Overall Review: The Glaive is Corsairs latest entry into the mind boggling field of gaming mice.
In a few words, if you have big hands this mouse is for you
The three included thumb rests (right handed) allow for pretty good customization and as a bonus the largest of the 3 plastic bits, adds a large additional area of glide surface ( that big fat hands welcome). The packaging is typical Corsair, shelf driven, and includes a little travel bag.
The Corsair device management software has taken a large step forward to version 2, albeit leaving a trail of legacy devices behind. Such is progress. Basic Functionality of CUE 2 is good, but in your face QA omissions, or simply an overworked development team has rendered the ability of CUE 2 to update via the web moribund. Sorry, you are losing an egg for that, and for the fact that the previous version of CUE did not recognize that there was an update available after I plugged the Glaive in.
I have higher overall expectations for a company that sells gaming products.
The macro software happens to be awesome, tracking all human inputs for inclusion, not a dumbed down version of macro generation of the past. I cut my teeth on a macro program/qa test tools that recorded everything. This seemed right there, not that I tend to use macros these days, that may change however, as the corsair 2.0 looks darn good in that functionality
Luckily the embedded links worked and I was able to download and install the new version without issues.( so you actually get an egg back for doing most of it right)
The palm rest is far larger than the m65, the previous Corsair mouse I reviewed. Cabling is identical, fine woven cover with good strain relief at the USB end.
You'll be glad to know that the resolution swathing button ( which for some reason is in a really good place ( to be pressed by accident) is now fully configurable which for laypeople means you can set it to support a single speed regardless of accidental clicks of the button.
The thumbwheel sports an Off road tire design and is solid and non-slip, regardless of the amount of potato chip oil on my fingers.
In the world of mice $69 is about an average price point, but you get quite a bit of value for the money, specifically the customize able thumbrests are a huge plus for me. I've reviewed a number of mice and the Glaive found a neat spot in my arsenal. ( for games not benefiting from the use of my favorite Corsair feature, the Sniper button, found on the M65 model) I switch my mice and keyboards up often to reduce repetitive stain injuries I've been dealing with after spending over 30 years in computing.
The Glaive was provided prior to it's consumer release. I've been using it for a couple of weeks.
Pros: If you need an accurate mouse, this is the mouse for you. 400 dpi to 16,000 dpi. I could not play with it set on 16,000. I had to dial it back a little. For those who have a steadier hand, they can crank up the dpi and enjoy the precision. There are three interchangeable thumb rests. I settled on the thumb piece with the flat thumb rest. The interchangeable thumb rests are magnetic and they are solid. They do not feel loose when you are moving the mouse around. After gaming for a short time, my hand was used to the grip.
The buttons give a satisfying click when you push them. The button switches take a very light pressure to actuate. I was concerned that I might be clicking the buttons by accident during game play because it is such a short action and a light touch but I had no issues. The wheel is mounted high enough that it does not get lost between the buttons. The scroll wheel has a solid feel. The resistance to click it is high enough that you will not accidentally press it when you are scrolling. The wheel clicks firmly when you spin it.
There are a lot of customization options using the software. You can program macros to all buttons except for the left click button. The colors of the lighting effects are customizable. The fit and finish is top notch. Corsair build quality is second to none and they put a lot into this mouse.
Cons: The scroll wheel does not have horizontal tilt. I have it on my other mice and am used to the feature. The software to customize the mouse is a bit confusing. There is a help feature to construct a macro but something a little more intuitive would be great. Luckily there is a video on the Corsair site that walks you through creating a macro.
Overall Review: I am not a heavy MMO player so the Glaive is the perfect mouse for me. I had previously reviewed the 12 button Corsair Scimitar mouse. I was lost with all the buttons. The Glaive is a much better feeling mouse. The mouse feels very light and moves smoothly thanks to a great set of glides. Corsair has achieved a good balance with the Glaive because when you pick the mouse up it, it is not light. If you are looking for a new gaming mouse, give the Glaive a try.
+Has some customization
There are a million mice out there, with a million different options and gimmicks.
However, ask yourself what is the most important function of a GAMING mouse. To be able to game hours on end right! Well, I was able to with this mouse with no hand fatigue all. That got me thinking about my rat mouse, which is one of my favorites. Maybe a weighted mouse isn't as good for you! This mouse does not come with extra weights, but it is substantial enough not to drift or move on its own.
So here is a little piece of advice I have for all of you. If you have an USB 2.0 device which this is, use an USB 2.0 hub or port. Over the years I have had some issues with USB 3.0 compatibility.
I tested this mouse for well over 120 hours and I have to say it is super comfortable for my hand, I have pretty long and large hands and it felt very form fitting. The ability to change out the thumb rest is a good choice of customization. Although I do like to be able to customise both sides and the palm, I can't say I needed to with this mouse.
The mouse buttons use 50 million click micro-switches so they should last a lifetime for the average gamer, and they are quick and responsive. They also have enough tension to avoid falsely clicking.
Here is another great tidbit and is why gamer's use very fast refresh rate monitors. If you can't see the change, you cant respond to it. In reality, as long as we see above 60fps everything should be smooth and our reactions should also be able to keep up with what we see.
There are Zero issues with input lag on this mouse, and it is super responsive. Which brings me to this, who needs 16K DPI!? Well, the average person hardly needs above 2K I hardly ever go above 4 K because I am old. But I am sure there are some young “whipper snappers” out there that can use 8K. So having 16K is probably really good for them for future growth in precision tracking. Will it stop at 16K, no probably not, because it is more of a marketing tool to get the most precise mouse? Now as we gain more screen real-estate the tracking DPI does have to go up, so if you are running 4K, then you will find this mouse very adequate. The tracking precision on this “Superman-Laser” is really fantastic, enough so that Corsair has dethroned my other mice.
The mouse “foot glides” are big and glide easily!
Here is my favorite feature of the new corsair mice, the middle scroll wheel! It is large and very precise to use. Although it lacks side to side scrolling, primarily because it is a gaming mouse. I still love the feel of it.
Of course, the RGB lighting is great!
- Software still needs tweaking
I will be honest with you the Corsair software still needs some work on it's “ergonomics” and it takes a little bit to figure out, but it is fully functional. The really need to focus on ease of use here. It is, however, better than many manufacture's software, but I think they could take some lessons from Roccat.
This is my nitpick for me, the fwd and back buttons are located back a little too far for my hand to make this a “perfect fit” for my hands.
Yep, that's it on the cons that I could find.
Overall Review: Even though I am a Neweggspert, I cannot be bought and have left some pretty harsh reviews. The one thing you can always count on is that my reviews are honest!.
But I can say, this. This new line of Corsair mice are pretty impressive, all but the lowest end one I have liked. I liked them so much I have put away my Roccat and Rat 7. I can wholeheartedly, recommend this mouse.
As for the price, I feel it is reasonable for this mouse.
To Corsair: The majority of your consumers are not “Rich” so please keep your prices reasonable and people will stay loyal to a GOOD product. I feel they achieved this overall and would like to see their prices drop by $10.00 over their line. Please work on your software to make it easier to program for the average consumer.
Pros: +Best DPI Indicator - Some gaming mice will indicate DPI via an arbitrary color. That never works well for me. When I see green, or red, or whatever as an indicator for DPI it doesn't inherently mean anything to me. Even after using the mouse for months I see it and think, "aaaand that color means what again?" The Corsair Glaive uses a row of 5 individual LED's where more LED's simply means higher DPI. It's completely intuitive as all indicators should be.
+3 Interchangeable side-grips - All three of these grips are very nice and I honestly have a bit of trouble deciding which one I prefer the most. I've used mice with a single adjustable grip, or two interchangeable grips, but this is the first time I've seen three.
+Tool-less design - The grips are held on via magnets and a locking tab which is by far the best way to do this. Simple and effective.
+The Grips are Extra Grippy - Many mice will basically just have a texture printed onto whatever happens to be coating the mouse, which works fine for a while but tends to wear off within the first year or so. This mouse has actual chunks of rubber tread embedded into the parts of the mouse that benefit from extra grip. It feels nice and seems like it will last a while.
+Perfect for large hands - I'm no Michael Jordan but my hands are biggish (fingers spread out as much as I can results in about a 9" span between the tip of my thumb and pinky). Most mice are a bit small for me. This mouse, on the other hand, fits better than any mouse I've used in ages and it's very satisfying.
+Nice build quality - Most of the mouse is made from what seems to be a durable plastic. The cover has a mild matte coating which gives it a slightly rubberized feel. It's not the type of coating that looks like it will start chipping off. The lighting produces deep colors and is defused so it won't be distracting. There is an "Aluminum" version of this mouse listed on Corsair's website which is listed for the same price as this model. I can't vouch for that one as I haven't used it but the aluminum gives it a slightly different aesthetic - I think I might prefer it.
Cons: -Single DPI Button - As great as the indicator system is for this mouse the DPI button is a BIG drawback for me. Instead of having an 'up' and a 'down' button it just has a single button that cycles up through the various settings. So, if you want to go down just 1 setting you'll have to click the button 4 times to cycle up through the other settings first. The mouse is fantastic in every other way so I can't understand why Corsair would have skimped on what is (in my opinion) such an important feature.
-Not Totally Flush On the Pad - When I left-click (the vast majority of using a mouse) the whole thing rocks slightly. I mean slightly as in less than the thickness of a sheet of paper. Not very much, but still noticeable and a little distracting. I'm not entirely sure but I believe the front right teflon pad is ever so slightly thicker than the others which could cause that. It's not a big deal for me and I doubt its a problem on all of these, probably just a mild quality control discrepancy. It's mostly annoying when double clicking. If the mouse rocks between clicks then the second click won't always count because the mouse sensor will have detected too much movement in between. Hopefully the pads will wear in and become more level with one another, and hopefully this is a rare quality control issue. If others experience this then you should post this in your reviews as well to reveal whether or not this is common.
-Only Blue for DPI LED's - This isn't a big deal for me, the blue doesn't clash with my color choices, but users should be aware of that limitation before buying. To make the DPI LED's RGB would certainly add significant expense to the mouse, each one of the indicator segments would have to have at least 3 individual LED's (a total of at least 15) to make those segments RGB. That, plus additional complexity to the PCB and software would probably make this a $100 mouse - so I agree with Corsair's decision here. I would MUCH rather have a mono-color multi-LED indicator like this over a $100 mouse. I would also rather have this over a mouse with a single LED indicator that simply gets brighter or changes color with different DPI settings (confusing).
-Software could use some more work - First, when checking my software version CUE claimed that it was up-to-date. It was actually several versions out of date. The function to check for updates from within the software appears to be broken. The software also seems a little glitchy in other ways too, like the mouse profile occasionally just won't load when the PC boots up and the software says the profile doesn't match. It's only happened once with this mouse over the past month but I've experienced this with my other Corsair mice and keyboards over the past year on multiple occasions - seems like a CUE problem. Nothing very serious and really easy to get around but a little annoying.
Overall Review: I'm the type of person who will go through 3 or 4 mice or keyboards within the span of a year to find something that I'm comfortable with using long-term. Once I find the one I tend to use it for years and will even go out of my way to replace components on it myself and frankenstein it back to life when it breaks. This mouse is *nearly* there for me... If there were 2 DPI adjustment buttons instead of one and if the base didn't wobble around then this would be it. I hope Corsair makes a 2 DPI button version of this mouse. I would probably buy it instantly.
If you don't mind the DPI button limitation, and you have medium-large hands then you will probably love this mouse.
Originally I had wrote as one of the Cons that the DPI kept resetting to the lowest whenever navigating cue or whenever the PC booted up. It turns out that there is a 'Default DPI' setting within cue. It was apparently set to the lowest as default so that's why it kept resetting. Easy fix once I figured that out. Really enjoying this mouse!
Accurate and precise tracking.
Dedicated DPI button toggles up to 5 customizable DPI settings, user defined in the Corsair software (Cue)
Omron switches provide excellent click actuation, button response with a long life rating.
Grip customization: 3 thumb grips to choose from, help you get the right feel.
Rubberized wheel and Non-slip rubberized thumb and pinky side grips.
Customizable RGB colors and effects, adds layer of personalization and aesthetic.
Anti-kink USB port housing in a stylish gray and black exterior.
Braided nylon cable wrap with attached Velcro cable tie.
4 skates evenly distributed, 2 palm, 2 forward, provides silky smooth mouse mat movement.
No mouse weights to adjust, for a gaming mouse touting customization this seems a bit off.
This isn’t a big deal to me, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
To be absolutely fair, I’ve had several gaming mice with adjustable weights, and never used any of the weight customization features.
Overall Review: ~
As with most peripherals there usually is a bit of time to break in the “feel”.
At first I had to adjust to the weight and size of the mouse, but it was a relatively short curve.
The mouse 1 and 2 button actuation is very crisp and responsive, so responsive that sometimes I found myself clicking unintentionally. Over time I became accustomed to the response and quick actuation, and it became much easier to control mis-clicks.
The tracking is very sharp and accurate, the tracking seems to be as accurate as some laser mice that I have used. With up to 5 user definable DPI presets, you can easily and quickly change DPI for any mouse use task, from desktop to gaming. You can fine tune to as little as 1 DPI between user defined DPI states in the Cue software.
The three most common mouse grip styles are claw, fingertip and palm.
Palm grip is the least fatiguing grip style, with claw and fingertip style grips most often used for precision and speed.
The size of the body has a medium large arch, I have large hands, and I can palm grip this mouse using the medium and large thumb grips; however im more accustomed to using claw grip style.
The customization thumb grips fit into the mouse by shape and are held in place with magnets, and can change how you hold the mouse.
I would say for my hand size this mouse is somewhere between palm and claw grip in arch and body size, someone with medium to small hand would be able to palm grip with ease.
For claw grip and fingertip grips on the Glaive, I found that using the smallest thumb grip, or removing the thumb grip altogether had the best fit. The latter worked better for the fingertip grip style in my experience.
Ultimately the best overall grip style for you will be the one that you use and adapt to using the most comfortably.
The Corsair Cue software is available as a download from their website, and provides RGB, Button assignment, Macro options and firmware upgrades.
The RGB options give you presets for color changes and effects like breathing, fade and solid. A nice plus here is that you can define your own RGB presets, and share or use RGB presets from other Cue users via Corsair forums.
Overall this has been a fantastic mouse, the tracking and button response have been nothing shy of excellent. The RGB lighting effects add a bit of fun and a sweet touch to the aesthetics.
I can easily recommend this mouse to anyone looking for a gaming mouse.
Pros: Very easy to setup…
Turn on your computer. (I’m not making this up! This is in the actual instructions!)
Connect the mouse to a USB port.
Download the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE).
Run the installer program.
Follow instructions for installation.
The Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse features a larger, more hand-filling size and is more comfortable in the long-run (especially for folks like me who have massive man hands). Tiny mice = hand / finger cramp + fatigue.
I REALLY like the grip texture on the right-hand side of the mouse… couple that with the Optional Thumb Grip #2 and we’re grippy all over the place!
Cons: The Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse only has six buttons (compared to eight buttons on the Corsair Gaming M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse.
Button 1 - Left Click
Button 2 - Right Click
Button 3 - Middle Click
Button 4 - DPI Switch
Button 5 - Forward
Button 6 - Backward
For comparison, the M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse has a DPI UP button and a DPI DOWN button instead of the single DPI Switch button and sports a dedicated “Sniper Button”.
The Corsair Utility Engine (or CUE) is not the easiest bit ‘o software to navigate, but I eventually found what I wanted to adjust (the lighting).
The LED’s within the Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse reproduce primary colors with ease… HOWEVER, I tried to select a very specific RGB value of orange and what I actually got out of the mouse was a very pale, washed out orange… almost yellow, in fact. I had to really push the reds in order to get the deep orange I wanted… so accuracy in color replication is about on par with every other RGB mouse I’ve had… unless you pick a red, a green, or a blue, you’re going to be disappointed, unless you tweak it by eye-sight.
To get a profile to “save” to the Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse, I had to make my modifications to “GLAIVE HW1” and then click “SAVE TO DEVICE”... so that the mouse would act like how I configured ALL of the time and not just only whenever I had CUE running. If I created any other profiles, I could select them in CUE, but there wasn’t any options to “SAVE TO DEVICE”, this was only available on the factory profile called “GLAIVE HW1”. There is a SEVERE lack of documentation on how to save a profile to the mouse... super frustrating.
I’m disappointed it doesn’t have adjustable weights or a dedicated “sniper button”.
Overall Review: Comes in a small cardboard box covered encased in plastic. Inside, the mouse is protected the plastic shell and cardboard. Included is the following:
Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse
(2) extra thumb grips (for a total of 3)
Quick Start Guide
The Default Thumb Grip is very smooth and skinny.
Optional Thumb Grip #1 is SUPER wide and features a grippy texture.
Optional Thumb Grip #2 is like the Default Thumb Grip, but has a grippy texture.
Currently, the Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse and the Corsair Gaming M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse are the EXACT same price… so one would have to make a bold decision between comfort (GLAIVE RGB) or a more FPS-focused mouse (M65 PRO RGB).
Pros: Comfortable and able to be modified to fit different thumb rests and hand sizes. I have giant Wreck-It-Ralph hands and fingers and my wife has these tiny little dainty hands and we both find this mouse equally comfortable to use. To be completely honest now that my review is written and submitted my wife has taken this mouse for herself. Thankfully I previously reviewed the Scimitar Pro RGB and am using that one again so the loss of the Glaive hurt a little less.
I thought for sure the magnetic attachment for the thumb rest was going to be weak and flimsy but once you lock one of those magnetic sides onto this mouse it doesn't go ANYWHERE. I prefer the large wing that you can rest your thumb on and it sits at the same level as the rest of the mouse so there is no wiggle at all. My wife prefers one of the other sides for her smaller hand.
This mouse works equally well for gaming as it does for the Revit program that my wife uses for her work as an architect designing buildings and interior layouts. As much as I can say this mouse is nice and smooth for gaming my wife enjoyed how accurate and smooth it was for a workstation as well. So whether you want to frag some bad guys or design a skyscraper this mouse works great.
This is the second "RGB" Corsair mouse I've reviewed and the LED lights are still pleasing to the eye and the many different colors are quite nice. You can really customize this mouse to match the lights in your case or keyboard or any other light source you want to match.
The sensitivity adjustment is nice though at its max speed it is kind of crazy (even for a giant monitor).
I really REALLY like the scroll wheel on this mouse. It is comfortable and easy to access for my large hands.
Cons: This mouse is a bit lighter than I am used to and there are no weight adjustments like my old Logitech laser mouse I used before testing these Corsair mice. Though I started to actually get used to the lighter weight it was hard to make the change after being used to a heavier mouse for so long. I found myself adjusting my grip quite a bit while gaming (especially for FPS games). If you are used to a heavier mouse or one with more "drag" it will take some time to become adjusted.
No Mac support (though I don't really game on my Mac it would be nice to be able to play with the colors).
For a mouse (even a higher-end gaming mouse) it is a tad pricey. I understand the old adage that you get what you pay for but still...$70 for a mouse. That can be a bit of an "ouch" factor.
Overall Review: I would recommend this mouse if you are looking to invest in a serious upgrade and if you are what we old-timers used to call a "hardcore" gamer. I don't know anything about the professional gaming scene or e-sports or any of that stuff but I can see this mouse being used in that kind of setting. Then again for all I know to real gamers these mice could be considered a Corolla at a classic car show.
I want to say again that the big thumb rest attachment is my absolute favorite. It is really quite comfortable!
Pros: + Comfortable
+ Easily replaceable thumb grip
+ Braided cord
+ Onboard memory
+ Easy install
+ CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) is easy to use
+ 3 RGB zones
I usually have a mouse "tip grip" and occasionally close to a "claw grip" and the Glaive is comfortable for me with the smooth and slightly larger gripped thumb grip. The thumb rest grip make the mouse too large for my hands.
The replaceable thumb grip is an interesting feature and, in my opinion, is one of the more attractive reason to get this mouse. If you like the other features of the mouse but concerned about the feel, they have you covered. The grip is held on by a very sturdy and strong magnet. There is no wiggle and does not come off easily.
The adjustable dpi allows you to find the speed of movement that is comfortable for you. I typically don't use dpi adjustment features on the fly since most of my reactions are muscle memory. It would really throw me off to have such a change. It is a nice feature to be able to fine tune the DPI in the CUE software.
I cannot say that the 16,000 DPI with 1 DPI step makes a difference over other gaming mice. That's pretty technical spec and mathematically sounds great. I can say that it doesn't skip a beat and it's accurate.
I really like the braided cords on my peripherals. They are easier to manage that the typical flexible plastic cords.
The onboard memory is a nice feature, but I cannot say that I would get much use out of it. I'm a stay put on my own PC person.
As usually with a Corsair peripheral using CUE 2, this was a no brainer install. I took out my old mouse and plugged in the Glaive. Ding! I configured it immediately.
I think the Corsair Utility Engine 2 is user friendly, intuitive, and purposeful. Well done! I've used the previous version of CUE (not ideal, but wasn't bad) and I am still using a competitor's equivalent for their device and I think CUE 2 is fantastic.
The 3 RGB zone is fun. I do have each zone on there own color transition cycle which is cool.
Cons: - DPI indicator color not configurable
It would have been nice to have the DPI indicator lights' color configurable instead of just blue, but not a big deal in my book. This is more on the personal preference side and I cannot crack an egg over it (figuratively).
Overall Review: I would say that this mouse has an average weight and feels great; however, I would have liked for this to have an additional weight option. I originally did not like the extra weight and thought it was unnecessary to have weights on a mouse, but I have grown to like the feel. I cannot say that it provides any benefits though, so no big deal that this mouse does not the extra weight.
I originally wanted to collect a competitor's product line (no names; I don't want to shave too close to sounding negative since they are really great products too), but I realized recently that I have been choosing Corsair over that competitor. I chose the K70 keyboard over the competitor's and then chose the K65 RGB tenkeyless keyboard (absolutely love it). I wanted to replace my MMO mouse (by competitor) with one with less buttons. I had an opportunity to test the Sabre and thought it a perfect fit. Then the M65 Pro RGB and love it. I have one peripheral holding me back from a complete transition, but Corsair does not make it. I think it's patented.
I did not think I would care much for the RGB feature on any device, but I found myself having fun coming up cool configurations with all of my devices. I also realized I have been checking the price on the MM800 RGB Polaris mouse pad just because of the RGB. THAT's when I realized I have become a Corsair fanboy and an RGB fan.